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24 Small Dining Rooms That'll Make You Think Big


Stephanie Montes

Stephanie Montes

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Updated on 11/02/22

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Space is a state of mind, but it can be difficult to think big when you lack physical square footage. If you've given up on that tiny space you should call a dining room and resorted to TV dinners on the couch night after night, allow us to inspire a much-needed redesign. Ahead, 24 tiny places that prove you can turn even the smallest amount of unused space into a formal dining room. Because even a small studio apartment in the city deserves a designated area for candle-lit dinners and early-morning coffee breaks.

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Not everyone enjoys eating dinner off a lap tray, no matter how tight the limitations on living space. So, how can we incorporate a formal little dining spot into a super compact interior floor plan? Get set to receive 40 inspirational and practical ideas on how to set up a comfortable small dining room no matter what obstacles and constraints stand in your way. We’ll look at layout tips, bespoke table ideas, stylish dining chairs, stunning dining pendant lights and gorgeous dining room accessories to help you create a dining area that you can enjoy three times a day–with not a single lap tray in sight.

Many small dining areas find their sensible place at the end of a kitchen run; it’s a good idea to go for the window end so that you can enjoy breakfast in the sun. Installing a radiator right below for the colder months will keep off the draught.

You can give a kitchen dining area its own domain by installing a glass divider. Because the room separator is clear, it won’t truncate the space or hinder the transfer of natural light but it will build the feeling of an entirely individual space.

Make your dining table work double-duty. This bespoke dining table design transforms into a media shelf as it travels into the adjoined lounge.

Another double-duty dining table design. This time the back of the rounded tabletop serves as a comfortable home workspace. Not how the circle chandelier makes space for the wall.

Elevate a small dining room’s presence with a platform. This white marble design wraps the side of the dining area too, creating a continuous cube effect.

If room height doesn’t allow for a raised dining room floor, then consider differentiating your dining area with a defining ceiling treatment. This approach draws extra attention to a beautiful dining pendant light too.

You don’t have to get stuck on a classic dining room pendant light installation. An arc floor lamp provides a practical solution when wiring can’t be moved, or these swing arm wall lamps create a unique modern vibe.

Reshuffle the layout to create new areas. This tiny studio shouldn’t be able to accommodate a formal dining area, however, by moving the sofa into the centre of the floor a whole new area opens up by the window.

Cut corners. When situating a dining area in the centre of a small space, opt for a round dining table to make walking around it a whole lot smoother. Nobody wants to be bumping into sharp corners every day.

Borrow half of a space with a half height room divider. This low level wall keeps the dining room cosy from the home entryway without cutting off the visual flow or light. The wall also builds a solid spot to position an entryway bench.

Keep it simple. The uncomplicated silhouette of a pedestal dining table keeps a small layout looking clean and uncluttered.

Accessories make a small dining area feel more established. A floral centrepiece will make the area look more loved, whilst a large sputnik chandelier adds glamour.

Added features. This wrap around dining table is a great space saver, but there’s a danger that solutions like these can look a little sidelined in a room scheme. In this instance, a wine storage niche gives the side location added purpose and style.

Line it up. A rectangular dining table sandwiches neatly between the long back of a sofa and a one wall kitchen. A linear suspension light accentuates the straight aesthetic.

Create continuous lines. This dining peninsula is part of a fluid kitchen countertop-meets-workspace design. The seamless flow makes several small zones into one cohesive piece.

Mix and mingle. This small dining set mingles with a coffee table in the centre of the lounge.

Combine utility with lighting by installing backlit shelves by the table.

If bar stools aren’t your thing, a lower kitchen island makes a comfortable regular height dining table.

Use dark or colourful artwork to designate a dining spot within an all white room.

Be brave. Not only does this red and green interior have adventurous contrast, but the wall art has been partially painted over to fashion a unique decor feature.

Glass blocks are a light and effective zoning technique. An impressive modern dining chandelier gives an open plan dining area a visual anchor.

If you can’t have your dining set next to a window, create your own garden view with a built-in container full of indoor plants.

Define your dining zone with a dark feature wall–no matter how small.

This eye-catching dining room accent wall is part of a hallway storage volume.

Just how gorgeous is that white dining table! You can also bump up your small dining area with a big bookcase…

… Or some unique wall shelves.

Another bookcase idea, this time with a flush fitting aesthetic.

Celebrate a central location. This small centrally placed dining set is given weight with a dropped ceiling feature and an attached storage cupboard.

Give a sidelined set extra oomph with a large wall light.

Darken down decor to build drama and mystique…

… Add pops of colour to draw a dark dining area out of the shadows.

Mismatched dining chairs visually break up a dining set, helping it sit more lightly in a small room.

A tiny table for two still beats a lap tray.

The space may be small but the design statement need not be. Check out this magnificent suspended cube table with bright red dining stools!

Take a small kitchen diner up a notch with tandem light fixtures. The glass dining table with a sculptural base plays well with the modern theme.

A built in banquette allows the table to be situated closer to the wall.

Window seats can double as banquette seats too…

… As can a short sofa table. Mismatched dining chairs around the modern dining table look great as well.

Build height with a tall floral centrepiece.

Camouflaging a dining area can be helpful in small spaces. This white and cream set falls lightly into the fresh white room decor, whilst a bright orange accent chair and a blue kitchen take the limelight.

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